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Woodworth and the question of personhood.

Under tight police security on 14 November 2013 at the University of Waterloo, MP Stephen Woodworth (Kitchener Centre) spoke about "the importance of the legal principle which requires recognition of the equal worth and dignity of every human being and the implication of parliament's abandonment of that principle in defeating Motion 312."

His initiative to investigate the outdated personhood law in relation to current medical and scientific research and evidence was supported by 93 members of parliament. Section 223(1) of the Canadian Criminal Code states: "A child becomes a human being within the meaning of this Act when it has completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother, whether or not: a) it has breathed; b) it has independent circulation; c) the navel string is severed."

Woodworth said the denial of human equality is the greatest threat to democracy in Canada today. Categories of being human are never closed to tyranny and we should never accept any law that says someone you know to be a human being is not a human being.

The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the inherent dignity and inalienable rights of all members of the human family. The family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world. Is there anything more important? Is abortion more important than the principle of human equality? How do we resolve rights between kinds of people? The state is not in a position to make those decisions.

Statistics Canada recorded 491 live-birth abortion victims. No one was prosecuted. Some are purporting that children should be able to be euthanized up to age three as they have not reached the stage of self-awareness.

Woodworth said that the Parliament of Canada should interpret laws in a manner that recognizes the equal worth and dignity of every human citizen. All options should be reviewed in the light of science and medicine when there is reasonable doubt.

People across Canada and beyond who support the Right to Life Movement are concerned with the rights of the child and the rights of the mother in the abortion issue along with euthanasia. We recognize the ideology that personhood denied expounds justification for killing the victim. As does the history of eugenics based on race, gender, and even consciousness. The last 100 years are rife with examples. Abortion, the current denial of personhood, plays a particular role in today's society for all the same reasons that eugenics did in the past. The difference is that a mother destroys her own child for the sake of expediency. Cold comfort for her and those involved with abortion.

Jane Richard

KW Right to Life President

Kitchener, Ontario

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Author:Richard, Jane
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Date:Jan 1, 2014
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